Ex-Senator, Hen player and coach Bossard ready to tackle Rider OC challenge

CAMDEN — Bryan Bossard had his share of great times coaching college football.

The Dover High grad helped his alma mater, Delaware, win a national championship in 2003 and has been on the sidelines at programs like Pittsburgh, Maryland and Wyoming.

But for a guy with a family, including two young sons, the constant moving and pressure to win doesn’t make for an easy life.

“I tell people all the time, coaching college football is great only on game day,” said Bossard. “The rest of it, I mean it’s rough.”

So Bossard is excited to see what life’s like as a high school football coach. He’s getting that chance at Caesar Rodney High, where he’s the Riders’ new offensive coordinator.

The 50-year-old former Blue Hen defensive back has been working with CR’s players at 7-on-7 leagues this summer.

Dover native Bryan Bossard is excited to see what life is like as a high school football coach. (UD sports information photo)

“Caesar Rodney is giving me the chance to develop some roots,” said Bossard, whose mother still lives in Dover. “Doing the 9-to-5 type of deal and still staying in ball, it gives me some type of release. And I think I can help these guys, too.”

Bossard wasn’t rehired after new Delaware head coach Danny Rocco was brought in last December.

The other former Blue Hen player and assistant coach who wasn’t retained, Brian Ginn, is also coaching high school ball. He’s the offensive coordinator at Newark High, where former UD teammate Barry Zehnder is the head coach.

CR head coach Dan Candeloro said he and Bossard have been talking since the spring. The third-year head coach is happy to add someone with almost 30 years of coaching experience to his staff.

“We’re pretty excited to have him,” said Candeloro. “I like his excitement, I like the way the kids respond to him. He really brings an air of confidence, he brings a knowledge of the game.

“He and I, we’re on the same page. We know what we want to do and we have a plan set forth.”

With the Riders, Bossard will try to turn around an offense that was shut out four times last season and has scored six points or less in nine of its 20 games. CR also has a record of just 4-16 in that stretch.

Bossard, who has applied for a teaching job at the high school, has coached offensive positions for most of his career. He also coached at Glasgow High after finishing his playing career at Delaware in 1988.

“I think we’re going in a good direction of what we can do and how we can do it,” said Bossard. “We’re trying to figure out what we are.

“I think there are a lot of things philisophically that myself and Candy agree with. I think we’re on the same page with a lot of things.”

“We’re going to do some different things this year,” said Candeloro. “I think we’re going to teach better and coach better and I think we’ll be better off for it.”

Bossard admitted it was a little strange the first time he put on CR blue and gold instead of Dover blue and white.

Ironically, the Riders and Senators both have alumni coaching at their former rivals. Ex-CR players Jason Hunt and Bryan Robinson are assistants at Dover while former Senators Bossard and Danny Waite are on the Riders’ sidelines.

But Bossard said he’s ready to try to help CR win some games.

“I know what type of football and tradition that Caesar Rodney has had in the past,” he said. “I know what type of pride they have in the community. I just want to kind of build on that.

“I have a lot of respect for what they’ve done over the last 40 years. We’re just trying to get ourselves back to that point right now.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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